I read the lives of the Saints to inspire me and to show what I am not and what I should be. Who cannot be inspired by the super-human bravery of a TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY?
When I read the lives of the Saints, I often have a ?question? in my mind ? how could a person do such a thing ? have such bravery, endurance, humility, chastity, etc? The answer is always the same ? holiness. Or more properly, the ABSOLUTE, UNCOMPROMISING pursuit of holiness.
Would I have the courage to pray secretly when I knew being discovered would mean a terrible (in earthly terms) death? Yes, if I had faith and was holy….
Today we celebrate St Theophan the Recluse. His was a unique ministry – a “recluse” who communicated with hundreds of people regularly via letters. We are fortunate to have many of his letters, evidently saved by his correspondents. In addition, this “modern” Saint wrote many excellent books, all of which were steeped in the wisdom… Continue reading MENAION Jan 10/23 St Theophan the Recluse
The week in review – 2008 Jan 5-12, church calendar // Jan 18-25, Civil Calendar Dear Brothers and sisters: This week was the last part of the “twelve days of Christmas”, with The Eve of Theophany on Friday, Jan 5/18, and Theophany the next day, on Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the fast free period.… Continue reading The week in review – 2008 Jan 5-12, church calendar // Jan 18-25, Civil Calendar
Jan 3/16 Holy Nun Genevieve of Paris From thy birth thou didst long for /Christ as thy bride, /and in youth’s full flower /thou wast granted thy heart’s desire. /Thou wast a steadfast defender /of condemned malefactors, /and protectress of Paris, O Mother Genevieve.(Megalynarian, according to Greek usage, written by Priest Seraphim, long ago, for… Continue reading MENAION: Jan 3/16 St Genevieve of Paris
Jan 2/15 St Seraphim of Sarov Today is the my namesday. St Seraphim is a lot to live up to. When I was baptised, a friend told me that I had one year to pray in the air and glow in the dark (both these things are described in the Saints conversation with Motovilov) Still… Continue reading Untitled
The beautiful troparion of the Forefeast of Nativity sums up succinctly the purpose of the incarnation of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. One may say, it contains in full our “theology of redemption”. Jesus Christ became man so that our image, which “fell of old” due to the sin of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent… Continue reading …to raise up the image that fell of old!
Our Lord says, "whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire,… Continue reading Thoughts on the scripture readings – Wednesday Jan 2nd
The Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer, was a disciple of the holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, as was also St Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (February 23). St Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch, and successor to Bishop Euodius, Apostle of the Seventy (September 7). Tradition suggests that when St Ignatius was a little… Continue reading MENAION: December 20/January 2 – Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer the Bishop of Antioch
On December 13/26, we celebrate the memory of the Holy Martyr LUCY. MANY YEARS TO Lucy (Lulu, Ludy Goose) Park! The name “Lucy” means “light”, with the same root as “lucid” which means “clear, radiant, understandable.” With her mother, Lucy visited the grave of St. Agatha in Catania, where St. Agatha appeared to her. Her… Continue reading Menaion:December 13/26 – The Holy Martyr LUCY
On December 13, (Dec 26 on the civil calendar) we celebrate the memory of the “Five Companions”, MARTYRS EUSTRATIOS, AUXENTIOS, EUGENE, MARDARIUS AND ORESTES (+ C. 284-305). Their story is included below, as well as some useful links. Our prayers in the church come from many sources, all of which, of course, feed from the… Continue reading Menaion:December 13/26 – The "Five Companions"